Boat to Boardroom
Based on their books ‘Boat to Boardroom’ and ‘The 7 Racing Rules’, the workshop follows the exploits of a team in the Global Challenge Around the World Yacht Race (a race both Paula and Alex were involved in). The workshop includes a powerful analogy of the similarities of running a business and a sailing team – all in the same boat, the need for good leadership, everyone working together, motivation, resilience, crisis management etc. and an introduction to The 7 Racing Rules – 7 top tips on how to win in business and life.
The workshop is hands on with Alex and Paula telling their story and stopping at critical moments in their actual race when it is up to the attendees to discuss what is happening (re the leadership of the team) in that particular circumstance/crisis/situation and how they should react. Each scenario is debriefed, and the learnings taken away from it. The story then continues to the next scenario. A typical session will have 3 scenarios.
They cover a whole range of different situations relating to different aspects of business such as:
- Crisis management
- Silo mentality
- Dealing with poor performance
At the end of the session, attendees will go away with a tool kit to help them to deal with different situations at work, as well as hearing an inspirational and motivating story from two people who went through it first-hand.
Living Life to the Full (retreat)
Achieving your Personal Vision and Goals, OR How to Live Life to the Full with No Regrets!
A thought-provoking, focusing, personal and stimulating interactive workshop from someone who has achieved 117 things on their Live Life to the Full list (so far), including skiing full distance to the South Pole, yacht racing around the world, cycling across ten countries, zorbing, bog snorkelling, paddling the Mekong, Inca trail, swimming with dolphins, husky sledding, walking across England, writing books… and so much more.
Aims of workshop:
- Time out for reflection and review for self-development, fulfilment and motivation
- Opportunity to work on personal vision, aspirations, goals, priorities, motivations and actions
- Provoke attendees into thinking more deeply and sharply about their personal goals and aspirations
- Review / opportunity to redress balance of personal and work life
- Create a bucket list
- Ultimately, to create a better life
- Personal vision, mission, values and goals
- ONE MASSIVE GOAL! (OMG!) action plan
- Live Life to the Full (Bucket) List
A typical session runs as follows:
- Pre-Retreat – all members are sent a personal vision questionnaire to complete in their own time and bring with them (or this can be done in the morning of an afternoon retreat)
- Paula sets the context, explaining her personal philosophy and experience in achieving her own vision and goals
- Paula’s ‘Living Life to the Full’ list and South Pole talk if time
- Personal vision session
- Personal motivations session
- Personal OMG session including 12-step goals
- Coaching in pairs
- Personal criteria for success
- Co-creation of personal/group ‘bucket lists’
- Prioritise actions
- Summary / review
Motivating Ourselves and Others
It starts with the ‘why’ as Simon Sinek suggests in his provocative ‘Golden Circle’ TED talk. What is our why: our personal why and our why as a leader or business owner? What motivates us, our loved ones and our employees? How do we pull the levers that motivate us and our teams, and how do we really engage those we work with? How do we motivate the slugs, worms, toads, frogs and wasps?
An interactive workshop on our motivations – the desires, needs, goals, drivers and passion - to move, choose, do, behave and change.
- Positive Psychology and why it matters – optimal flourishing and functioning
- Seligman’s PERMA: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment
- Motivation theory over time
- Maslow, McLelland and Pink
- The why of our organisations and the Golden Thread
- Our personal motivations
- Motivating and engaging our colleagues
- Motivating challenging people – the Slugs and Toads
- Think, Feel, Do - Triangle of Impact
- Which motivation model do you prefer & therefore are more likely to introduce or use at work?
- How are you going to understand / improve motivation at work?
- What do you now know about yourself that you didn’t know before?
- How are you now motivated to change?
Adventure Psychology: Going Knowingly into the Unknown
Most people will know and understand sports psychology to some extent, which is focused on attaining maximum performance in peak fitness in fixed conditions. In business, we’ve learned a lot from sports psychology about setting goals, incremental gains, efficiency and focus. In comparison, newly-launched ‘adventure psychology’ is more realistic and relevant to today’s world, centred as it is on enduring, flexible performance in unknown, changing and tough conditions.
There’s a lot of talk currently about living in a VUCA world – one that’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. It’s difficult for us to navigate, survive and thrive in these conditions. For me, this represents an adventure landscape. Going on an adventure is a volatile experience, where there is plenty of uncertainty when we don’t know what’s around the corner.
There is often a complex set of conditions and a lot of ambiguity, which makes decision-making difficult. Adventure psychology means performing in that uncertain and ambiguous world, but still performing well: sustaining reasonable and realistic performance over time, and having to survive and thrive in these conditions.
Paula is an adventurer, business woman, Chair with Vistage and has a Masters in Positive Psychology. She has yacht raced around the world, skied to the South Pole, cycled across 10 countries, paddled the Mekong and the Thames, climbed Mont Blanc and many others!
This topic is new and relevant to today’s VUCA leadership, covering:
- A breakthrough mindset – psyche (spirit) + logos (logic and science)
- Positive Psychology II – smiley face with the grit
- Going Knowingly – planning and preparation
- Into the Unknown – dealing with VUCA, growth mindset and the psychology of possibility
- The Kitbag:
- Mental toughness, resilience and coping
- Decision making
- Creativity, Courage and Collaboration
The value is in the mindset, creating an ‘adventure advantage’. Outcomes and takeaways include:
- A new perspective
- Self-reflection regarding traits and strengths
- How we should lead and make decisions in a VUCA world
- Control the Controllables
- Stretch Zone
- Increased understanding and tools with regard to: resilience, coping, motivation, post-event growth
This workshop is also suitable for a retreat setting.